flambeau

[ flam-boh ]
/ ˈflæm boʊ /

noun, plural flam·beaux [flam-bohz] /ˈflæm boʊz/, flam·beaus.

a flaming torch.
a torch for use at night in illuminations, processions, etc.
a large, decorated candlestick.
an ornament having the form of a flaming torch.

Nearby words

  1. flakelet,
  2. flaky,
  3. flaky pastry,
  4. flam,
  5. flambe,
  6. flamborough head,
  7. flamboyance,
  8. flamboyant,
  9. flambé,
  10. flame

Origin of flambeau

1625–35; < French: torch, derivative of Old French flambe flame

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British Dictionary definitions for flambeau

flambeau

/ (ˈflæmbəʊ) /

noun plural -beaux (-bəʊ, -bəʊz) or -beaus

a burning torch, as used in night processions
a large ornamental candlestick

Word Origin for flambeau

C17: from Old French: torch, literally: a little flame, from flambe flame

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Word Origin and History for flambeau

flambeau

n.

also flambeaux, 1630s, from French flambeau, from flambe "flame" (see flamboyant).

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